Snow socks

Oh yes.

That is right.

I typed “snow socks.”

Sounds incredibly ineffective right? I mean. Imagining wet feet at the moment. Cold wet feet. Bad idea. Bad title.

It only gets funnier when you click on the link and find out what they are.

Snow socks.. for your tyres. (Tires for you Yanks)

See in most parts of the world where it snows there is this really nifty invention called a snow tire (tyre). It’s a bit more grippy. It stays on the road when the ice falls. What people don’t know who don’t regularly (yearly)  drive on snow and ice is that it is not a magical ornament that immediately fixes your skidding. You need to drive slow. For the conditions. And know how to keep your car from doing a 360 when you DO hit the ice and start to slide. My dad took me driving every winter for the first 6 or so years I had a license to a car park (parking lot) to do donuts and get the car to lose control on powdered snow or ice so I could practice getting it under control again.

But we live in the UK where until the last two winters it has snowed a nano flake.

And so this weird invention of not snow tyres, but snow socks was invented.

FOR YOUR CAR TYRES.

Really?!?!! Snow socks to stick on your tyres? I could not imagine anything more ridiculous in my life.

What is really funny is if you start to read up on them. They give lots of warning not to drive over 50mph or very often with them or on a road NOT covered in snow and ice (like the usually cleared motorways) Do you think anyone will pay attention to that? No they will just flush a lot of 50’s down the drain to purchase and absolute waste of money. If you can slip it on like a sock and it has that kinda flexibility, it is not going to be enough to handle the wear your tyres take on the roads. Just think about it.

I have included some of those things I looked up below including the guy on amazon who gave it only 2 stars for ripping to shreds after 3 days of use. I think I would have given that a negative star.

This winter if it snows more than two flakes, like 3 inches. Call me and I will give you snow driving lessons. You can give me a tenner and save yourself 40 quid.

Manufacturers suggest you only use snow socks for vital journeys rather than having them fitted for the entirety of the winter period, as travelling at speed on bare tarmac will destroy them.
And although they can be used at speeds of up to 50mph, it is strongly recommended that you do travel slower than this. However, if the conditions are bad enough to warrant using snow socks, we don’t think you’d be travelling above 50mph anyway.



Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2010/11/snow-socks-or-winter-tyres-238011/#ixzz1gkZk4OdX 
Consumer Champions Which? 
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Manufacturers suggest you only use snow socks for vital journeys rather than having them fitted for the entirety of the winter period, as travelling at speed on bare tarmac will destroy them.
And although they can be used at speeds of up to 50mph, it is strongly recommended that you do travel slower than this. However, if the conditions are bad enough to warrant using snow socks, we don’t think you’d be travelling above 50mph anyway.



Read more: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2010/11/snow-socks-or-winter-tyres-238011/#ixzz1gkZk4OdX 
Consumer Champions Which? 
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial





AMAZON REVIEW: ONLY LASTED 3 DAYS! 


“I bought these during the worst of the snow and ice as my roads to work are all small back roads that are not gritted. They did give me extra grip and extra confidence driving. However on the 3rd or 4th day of use (having followed the instructions and NOT driven on non icy roads or driven fast) I was driving home, heard this noise and the left hand Multi Grip had ripped to shreds and wrapped around the inner hub of the wheel – took me ages to prize it off! The right hand one had started to shred too.” 

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